I haven’t posted in awhile, and this post will explain the main reason behind that. I recently posted about the process of getting into a nursing program so I thought it would be helpful to continue a “nursing school series” while I’m still in the program to share my thoughts and help anyone considering nursing as a career.
A quick background on my education, I got a bachelor’s degree in health sciences because I wanted to get a master’s in healthcare administration. After my second semester in the program, I quickly realized that administration was not the right path for me and my desire was to be on the clinical side. Since I already had a B.S degree, I was looking into taking a few more science prerequisites and go for physician assistant (PA) or getting a 2nd degree/ Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) degree then go for Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) nurse anesthesia track. After weighing out my options, I decided to pursue nursing instead of PA ( I will go into more details on another post).
Before I started the program, I was anxious because all I’ve heard was “nursing school is difficult, challenging, and stressful,” so I didn’t know what to expect. Now that I’m a student, I have MY own opinion and will share a few with you all.
- YOU WILL BE BUSY: In my opinion, nursing school is not crazy difficult, but it’s challenging especially if you are enrolled in a fast paced program like myself. You might not be able to work full time because of the amount of workload which may get you overwhelmed. You have to prioritize the program, or you will fail miserably, and that’s the ugly truth. You will spend a lot more time with your classmates and books than your actual friends and family.
- LOTS OF READING: Expect to read a lot, my first exam was on 18 chapters from two different books, and not everything was covered in class. It’s all about concepts, so you have to read, understand, and be able to apply your critical thinking skills.
- YOU HAVE TO BE ORGANIZED: I don’t know about other schools, but my teachers are strict. You have to be very disciplined and organized. The teachers won’t take it easy on you. They expect you to submit your assignments and show up to class, lab, and clinical on TIME. The grading rubric is different from the prerequisites, so your passing percentage for the core courses will be much higher; therefore every point counts.
- HATE IT OR LOVE IT: After a few weeks in the program, you’ll soon realize if nursing is really for you. You will either hate it or love it. You will be stressed because it’s a lot, but as long as you stay focus and do your work, you WILL survive!
That’s all I can think for now, the next post will most likely be some tips to help you succeed. If you recently got accepted, CONGRATS!!
Until next time,